Reasons to Volunteer

Thinking of becoming a volunteer?  Here is a list that will help you make up your mind.

#10:  It's good for you.
Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards, it:
    -Reduces stress:  Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
     -Makes you healthier:  Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, and strengthens the immune system.
#9:  It saves resources.
Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.
     -The estimated value of a volunteer's time is $15.39 per hour.

#8:  Volunteers gain professional experience.
    -You can test out a career.

#7:  It brings people together.
As a volunteer you assist in:
    -Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.
    -Building camaraderie and teamwork.

#6.  It promotes personal growth and self-esteem.
Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficiency.

#5:  Volunteering strengthens your community.
As a volunteer you help:
    -Support families (daycare and eldercare)
    -Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
    -Support youth (mentoring, and after-school programs)
    -Beautify the community (beach and park clean-ups)

#4:  You learn a lot:
Volunteers learn things like these:
    -Self:  Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view of your self-worth.
    -Government:  Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
    -Community:  Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

#3:  You get a chance to give back:
People like to support community resources that they themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2:  Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1:  You make a difference.